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St Bees school governors resign

St Bees School Credit: ITV Border

Five governors, at a school that was controversially closed, have resigned.

In March this year it was announced that St Bees School, in west Cumbria, would be closed because of falling pupil numbers.

The decision proved controversial, and the governors faced fierce criticism from parents of pupils, and campaigners.

The school will remain closed for the next academic year, but a project team set up to analyse the options revealed it could re-open in 2017.

Four new governors have been appointed to the school's governing board.

They are:

  • Mr Anthony Fox
  • Mr Shaun Kelso
  • Mr Alastair Lord
  • Ven Dr Richard Pratt

The Ven. Richard Pratt has been elected as Chairman of the new Board of Governors.

It will include the four new governors, and Mr Mark Roberts (who was newly appointed in March 2015), the Lord Bishop of Carlisle, and the Lord Lieutenant - the latter two being ex officio.

The new board have said they want the school site to be used for educational purposes in the future, if possible:

It is the new Board’s intention, having regard to the objects of the School Charity, that the School site should in the future, and if that is feasible, be used for educational purposes. A number of opportunities have been identified by the Project Team previously established to consider the School’s future. The new Board will be developing and assessing these opportunities in due course.

An immediate concern of the new board is to ensure that the School's assets are kept intact and are appropriately maintained. This will require funding and new board will need to arrange , where feasible, for the School's assets to generate income(for example by letting) to assist with costs and so that facilities, such as the Sports Hall and Swimming Pool, remain available for enjoyment by the community.

The new Board anticipates that it will, when appropriate, consult and work with relevant sectors of the community regarding options for the future."

– St Bees School Governors